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  • Environmental Group Predator Initiative

    During Term 1, members of the Environmental Group, led by Mathematics master Ms Annette van Heerden, participated in an animal monitoring workshop.

    They installed tracking tunnels and chew cards around the School campus to find out what animals are living in our School grounds. This activity was run by community conservation...

    During Term 1, members of the Environmental Group, led by Mathematics master Ms Annette van Heerden, participated in an animal monitoring workshop.

    They installed tracking tunnels and chew cards around the School campus to find out what animals are living in our School grounds. This activity was run by community conservation project Urban Ark - Manawa Taiao and is being supported by Auckland Council's Sustainable Schools team.

    During Term 2, the group took part in a workshop on predator trapping to help enhance native biodiversity in the school and contribute to the wider Maungawhau Ecological Halo project.

    The group are using Good Nature traps that were bought as part of a grant from Auckland Council for Maungawhau Ecological Restoration as well as traps that were donated by Urban Ark. The traps were set where the tracking tunnels indicated the presence of predators, mainly rats, and to date six rats have been captured.

    For more information on the work the Environmental Group are doing, click on the links below:

  • Auckland Hockey Final - report

    Last night, the 1st XI Hockey team played St Kent's College in the final of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Boys' competition at Lloyd Elsmore Park.

    In what was always going to be a tightly contested fixture, the first half was end to end hockey, with both sides creating opportunities, but...

    Last night, the 1st XI Hockey team played St Kent's College in the final of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Boys' competition at Lloyd Elsmore Park.

    In what was always going to be a tightly contested fixture, the first half was end to end hockey, with both sides creating opportunities, but not converting. Thus at the break it was 0-0.

    The second half, like the first started in an attacking fashion. The 1st XI applied consistent pressure on the St Kent's defence and in the 15th minute of the half, the team were aptly rewarded with a penalty corner. The direct shot from the penalty corner was saved by a St Kent's defender however, latched on to the loose ball to convert from close range.

    The remainder of the half was an arm wrestle, with the hockey being played at pace. The team's defence responded in calm fashion under considerable pressure to hold the lead while making every attempt to extend it. The result was a satisfying 1-0 victory and the Auckland Championship with a goal from Form 7 student C. J. Matthew.

    Over the last seven years, Auckland Grammar School has met St Kent's annually in the Auckland final to now lead that battle four wins to three.

    The 1st XI Hockey team crossed stage on Thursday morning in assembly as the Auckland Champions and captain A. D. Punga received the trophy on the team's behalf.

  • Chinese Lion Dance Performance

    On Wednesday morning, the Dragon and Lion Dance groups from the Asian Cultural Group performed a routine from this Friday's Cultural Evening, which will take place in the Centennial Theatre beginning at 7pm.

    Organised by the Headmaster's Cultural Committee, the evening will feature performances from the Asian, Indian, Sri Lankan, and...

    On Wednesday morning, the Dragon and Lion Dance groups from the Asian Cultural Group performed a routine from this Friday's Cultural Evening, which will take place in the Centennial Theatre beginning at 7pm.

    Organised by the Headmaster's Cultural Committee, the evening will feature performances from the Asian, Indian, Sri Lankan, and Pasifika Cultural groups, along with the Kapa Haka, Samoan and Tongan groups.

    The Lion Dance is a form of a traditional dance in Chinese culture and other Asian countries, performed at festivals and special events to bring good luck and fortune. The Dragon Dance is also performed in these events to scare away misfortune and evil spirits.

    A big thank you to Form 5 students D. Ren and G. Sajch who choreographed this year's routine. We look forward to seeing you on Friday for the annual Cultural Evening.

  • Headmaster's Message - June 2021

    In recent weeks I have communicated with you about the Ministry of Education's proposed changes to the out of zone enrolment scheme priorities. The consultation processes close on 16 June, following our Public Meeting on Monday 14 June at 7.30pm in the Centennial Theatre.

    One of the primary reasons we have drawn...

    In recent weeks I have communicated with you about the Ministry of Education's proposed changes to the out of zone enrolment scheme priorities. The consultation processes close on 16 June, following our Public Meeting on Monday 14 June at 7.30pm in the Centennial Theatre.

    One of the primary reasons we have drawn the proposal to your attention is because the changes will erode connections with many out of zone families and Old Boys. If implemented it will have a direct impact on who is eligible to attend Auckland Grammar School. Such an approach does not align with the School's 1850 founding principles: "For the welfare and educational advancement of people of all classes and races."

    I do thank families who have made it a priority to make an online submission opposing the proposal.

    From national educational issues to our primary role of teaching your sons on a daily basis. In a recent assembly I reminded all students that they are part of a meritocracy where they are measured on their performances in and out of the classroom. This includes their attitude, work ethic and their preparedness to embrace The Grammar Way. Practically that means accepting responsibility to submit work including assessments, in timely fashion, while also preparing for the end of term examinations.

    In order for your son to fully utilise the educational opportunities presented to him he has to have the will and intention to better his personal best in each of his subjects.

    Just as he may be motivated by a 'personal best' in sport (such as the reaction you see from him when he finally scores from the set piece the team have been practising) we need young men to be focused on creating 'personal bests' in his subjects, his common tests and his examinations. There is no reason why his reactions to personal bests in sport cannot be replicated after success in the classroom. It is the same dedication to practice that allows such success to be realised.

    Consistency in approach and dedication to his studies is essential, as we have passed the halfway mark in the term and the second set of examinations are just three weeks away.

    Following our basic expectations at this time of the term will be critical to his success. These include:

    • Meeting commitments and building an ability to work independently without excuse - in the classroom, with homework and study
    • Being involved outside the classroom and committed to practices, match or performance obligations
    • Being a standard setter who reflects this through his attitude and demeanour. It begins with an outward expression of respect and pride through the way his uniform is worn and how his grooming is maintained

    We look forward to supporting your son build his knowledge base as he accepts the challenge of creating new 'personal bests' this term – for his welfare and educational advancement.

    Tim O'Connor
    Headmaster